Taking Ovysmen


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In order for Ovysmen to be effective, it must be taken correctly. Follow the instructions carefully and ask your doctor for advice if you are unsure. It is important that the pill is taken correctly because otherwise, there is a higher risk of pregnancy.

The pill is a 21-day pill and each strip contains the same amount of pills for your cycle. Start the pack by taking the pill that has the day of the week printed above it that corresponds to the date. Take one pill every day at the same time everyday by following the strip around in the direction of the arrows. The pill must be taken at the same time everyday in order to maintain a constant flow of hormones so chose a convenient time to take the pill and set an alarm.

Once you have finished the strip, you need to take a seven-day break. In this time, you do not take any pills and you will experience a withdrawal bleed. This can vary in length but it is usually shorter and lighter than a normal period. Once you have had seven pill free days, you must start a new strip on the eighth pill free day in order to be protected from pregnancy. You must start this on time, regardless of whether you are still bleeding.

When starting the pill for the first time, it is advised that you start taking it on the first day of your period or in the following five days. This will ensure immediate protection from pregnancy. You can start at any time but you will not be protected straight away and you will need to use additional contraception for the next seven days.

Forgetting a pill

If you forget to take the pill you run the risk of pregnancy. The pill relies on a constant stream of hormones so if you disrupt this flow, the chances of pregnancy are higher. It all depends on how many pills you have missed as to what the risks of pregnancy are.

If you have missed one pill, take the missed pill straight away and continue with the rest of the pack as normal. This may mean taking more than one pill in a day but this should not cause you any harm. In this instance you should be protected from pregnancy. However, if you have missed two or more pills, you will not be protected from pregnancy. Take the most recently missed pill and leave any previous pills. Continue with the rest of the pack as normal but you need to use additional contraception for the next seven days. If there is more than seven pills left in your strip, when you come to the end have a pill free break. However, if you have less than seven pills in the pack, when you come to the end, move straight onto the next strip without having a withdrawal bleed.

If you have had unprotected sex during the time in which you missed pills, there is a chance that you may be pregnant. Contact your doctor for advice and they might suggest that you use emergency contraception.


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